The U.S. Navy declared operational readiness of the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and deployed the first Poseidons to the Asia Pacific region earlier this month.
Tempus Jets of Newport News, Va., is relocating its FAA Part 145 repair station and interior completions businesses from Richmond, Va., to Brunswick Executive Airport (BXM) in Maine. Initially, the company has leased 34,532 sq ft of space in a 166,355-sq-ft hangar at BXM, a former Naval Air Station.
Knox County Commissioners in Maine voted June 11 to claim eminent domain access to three properties located northwest of Knox County Regional Airport (KRKD) to cut down nearby trees. The trees have grown into protected runway airspace along the extended runway centerline of Runway 13. This is not the first time trees have posed a problem. A Learjet 45 on a nighttime approach to Saratoga Springs Airport in July 2008 struck trees growing near the runway centerline.
A Kestrel Aircraft spokeswoman dismissed reports that the start-up aircraft manufacturer is planning to relocate from Brunswick Landing, Maine, to Superior, Wis., as premature, but acknowledged it was a “possibility.” Next week the Douglas County (Wis.) Board will vote on transferring airport-adjacent county land to the Superior Redevelopment Authority, which could then sell it to Kestrel at a discount.
A ceremony was held last month at the Naval Air Station at Brunswick, Maine to celebrate the “approval of the public benefit conveyance of the property to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority.” This event marks the official transfer of the former military base and its 990 acres of runways, hangars, ramps and other facilities to civilian use.
For more than 40 years, Maine’s Bangor International Airport has been the go-to airport for transatlantic flights as the Eastern- most port of entry to the U.S. The airport, which also owns and operates the Avitat Bangor FBO, is exhibiting here (Booth No. 664) for its second year, having attended every EBACE since the show started.
Five Maine FBOs have become new Western Petroleum customers, although they will continue to sell ExxonMobil branded fuel. The five FBOs were previously serviced directly by ExxonMobil, according to Western Petroleum, which will also provide additional marketing services to the FBOs. The FBOs are Northeast Air in Portland, City of Bangor Airport, Presque Isle General Aviation, Downeast Air in Rockland
Maine’s Bangor International Airport is receiving growing numbers of European business aircraft. It is now trying to capitalize on its convenient location as a U.S. port-of-entry by making its first appearance at the EBACE show with its own stand-alone exhibit (Booth No. 698).
Maine officials and business aviation groups are looking to redevelop Naval Air Station Brunswick (NASB) for civilian use, following the departure of the U.S. Navy in 2011. The base covers 3,300 acres, has two 8,000-foot runways, an FAA-approved ILS and 500,000 sq ft of hangar space, according to John Richardson, a former state representative and speaker of the house.
Maine’s Bangor International Airport celebrates four decades of commercial air service this year. To help with the festivities, the airport shared some neat photos from the past, including some of Amelia Earhart and President Johnson, as well as a watercolor painting from the Maine Air Museum located in the airport’s former Cold War-era missile assembly and maintenance building.
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